Moray Terrace

Moray Terrace

Fortrose township - Overnight Campervan Parking


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Freedom camping in Fortrose township, Catlins, Southland

Camping only from 1 August - 30 November each year.
Fortrose township in Southland allows freedom camping for up to two days on the land beside Moray Terrace.
Fortrose is a small town on the Catlins coast with an estuary to frolic in and good trout fishing in the Mataura River.

You may freedom camp in the designated area for a maximum of 2 nights in any 30 day period.

Campers are asked to respect flora and fauna in their camping area, to dispose of rubbish and wastewater in the appropriate manner and to leave their campsite clean. Ka pai!


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Southland District Council

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Suzanne's avatar


Ranking: 8/10

Great place to stop by the estuary and watch the tide come in. Not noisy.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Valg's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

A large strip of grass on the edge of the river, plenty of parking. Toilets ok, water available. Information boards on the areas history .Cafe not far down the road. If the weather is good a great spot but little shelter from the wind. We did a bike ride up to the cliffs and then to Waipahu Point then next day. Nice walk along the beach by the camp.

Reviewed about 1 year ago

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Caravan Fever

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome spot so chilled out, could have spent a lot more time here, meet some real good Buggers camping here will be back for sure

Reviewed about 1 year ago

Alydia's avatar


Ranking: 9/10

Awesome free camping spot near the water - beautiful views! Long drip toilets are a close walk

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Jo's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Perfect spot. Large area of grass, mostly level for many vehicles. We arrived about 6pm and there were only 2 others there and 1 arrived after us.
Great spot to watch the sunset. X2 long drop loos a short walk to the boat ramp. Signs for camping aren't great, but from reading others reviews we learnt that you park on the grass and not at the boat ramp.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

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Magenta Thompson

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Ranking: 9/10

Its a mostly flat and mostly grassy site that looks out towards the sea... Although we are a little bit upstream, hence the calm and shallow water. I took a dip, would highly recommend 👌 amenities - long drop loos, a few picnic tables, nonpotable water supply, rubbish bins, boat ramp. A few sandflies came visiting in the evening, pretty typical of this region. Along the Southern Scenic Route thru the Catlins and can confirm, the views are gorgeous.

Reviewed over 1 year ago

KEIZ's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice little spot. Easy to access.

Reviewed almost 2 years ago

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Sandra Forstner

Ranking: 7/10

Free campsite directly at the beach next to the street. Enough space. 2 toilets (no toilet paper) and water (not for drinking) good for one night on the way to invercargill.

Reviewed about 2 years ago

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Guru's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Nice place by the beach. Public toilet just a short walk away. We went during winter sharing the space with a couple few neighbours. Surely would be busy during summer. Close to Waipapa lighthouse and other ways around Catlins

Reviewed over 2 years ago

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Flying Kiwi

Ranking: 9/10

Great little free site. Very little shelter however. Parking is on the grass area next to the toilets and boat ramp NOT at it. Very confusing as only signage is to small white posts visible from the road. Had to let 3 others know this.

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Pat Burns


Ranking: 7/10

Nice spot on the water. Lots of birds to watch. Toilet just okay and sites fairly close together. It was quite full in March so arrive early.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

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Ranking: 7/10

Convenient access directly off the main road, but practically no one driving past this far out so noise isn't an issue. Clean enough pit toilets but they did run out of paper the night we stayed. Rubbish bins were overflowing. No potable water. Windy enough to rock the van since there's no barrier between the camping area and the bay, but when it calmed down the sandflies swarmed. 30-40 vans all told, which was close to capacity and some started forming a second line in the middle of the grass area. If everyone had pulled end-on to the shore, that probably wouldn't have been necessary. Small rocky beach along the bay. The evening we were there some local fishermen went out and caught a netful of herring in the bay and were passing them out to anyone who wanted to cook them for supper. In the morning a large bus of schoolchildren pulled up and the peaceful time was over. All in all, can't complain for a free site, but it could have been much nicer.

Reviewed about 3 years ago

Lennart's avatar


Ranking: 10/10

Plenty of space, seaview and clean drop toilets.

Reviewed over 3 years ago